Author Archives: Lyn Bronson

MPC String Ensemble & MPC Chorus

Cyril Deaconoff – MPC Chorus Music Director 

A capacity audience turned out last night at the MPC Theatre to hear a double header — David Dally directing the MPC String Ensemble and Cyril Deaconoff directing the MPC Chorus. David Dally I have known and admired for over three decades, but this was my first opportunity to observe the artistry of Cyril Deaconoff, who has succeeded Dr. Sal Ferrantelli both as Director of the MPC Chorus and also I Cantori di Carmel. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Baroque, Classical Era, Orchestral


Monterey Symphony — “Sound Waves” — Concert No. 2

 

 Soloist Carol Wincenc 

Last night at Sunset Center in Carmel the Monterey Symphony conducted by Max Bragado-Darman treated us to the second concert in its 2018-2019 season, and it turned out to be a uniquely satisfying experience! There are many compositions that although readily accessible in recordings are rarely heard in live performance. We heard two such works last night — the Le corsaire Overture by Berlioz and Nielsen’s Flute Concerto. In the Berlioz overture that began the concert, the Monterey Symphony was joined by selected members of the Youth Music Monterey County Honors Orchestra, who had the great privilege of playing along with professionals in a large symphony orchestra. Maestro Max graciously asked them to stand and take a bow at the end of the performance. He also called YMMC’s Director, Farkhad Khudyev to the stage and take a bow. This was an experience the young YMMC players won’t ever forget. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Orchestral, Romantic Era, Woodwinds, Youth Music Monterey


Paderewski Festival 2018 – Cultural Exchange Students Showcased in Recital

Piotr Lara, Luke Kim, Antón de la Fuente and Małgorzata Machowska

The closing event of the Paso Robles 2018 Paderewski Festival took place this year at the Halter Ranch and Vineyard, a fairly long, but very beautiful 11-mile drive from downtown Paso Robles. We were hearing the six Cultural Exchange Students (Bohdan Terłetskyy and Małgorzata Machowska are missing from the above photo because my wide-angle lens wasn’t wide enough) perform for us on the beautiful “Tiffany” Steinway B that has played such an important role in events during the Festival this year. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Piano, Youth


Paderewski Festival 2018 – Gala Recital by pianist Kate Liu

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Last night we had the pleasure of hearing the exciting young pianist, Kate Liu, in an astonishing performance that combined blazing virtuosity with a rare subtlety of expressive magic that drew us into her world and held us spellbound for the better part of two hours. Since the occasion was the Gala Artist Recital in the Ballroom of the Paso Robles Inn that closes the Paderewski Festival every year, it was no surprise that the opening work on her program was a work by Paderewski, the Mélodie, Op. 16, No. 2. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Classical Era, Piano, Romantic Era


Paderewski Youth Competition 2018 — Awards Concert

Noelle Hadsall, Andy Shen, Suri Kim, Simon Liu & Max Afifi

A large audience was on hand Saturday afternoon in the Grand Ballroom of the Paso Robles Inn to hear the young winners of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition. Joel Peterson acknowledged the donors and benefactors of the festival and introduced the Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Jarosław J. Łasiński. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Classical Era, Piano